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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

North Korea Stresses its right to launch rocket

BEIJING (AP) − A North Korean negotiator stressed his government's position on a planned rocket launch after he had talks on March 19 with a Chinese official in Beijing.

Ri Yong Ho said the launch of the satellite is separate from recent talks between the United States and North Korea over food aid.

The United States promised the aid in exchange for North Korea halting its nuclear programs. The U.S. has warned that the launch could damage that agreement.

"The launching of the satellite is part (of) our right to develop space programs," Ri said.

The U.S., Japan, Britain and other countries have urged North Korea to cancel the planned launch. They call the launch a threat to diplomatic efforts. They also warned that a launch would violate a U.N. ban on nuclear and missile activity because the same rocket technology can be used for long‐range missiles. Read More